Emotions are things that we all experience as humans. It’s part of life. We may not always like having them or dealing with them, but they’re still there and one way or another should be faced. No matter who you have, whether you have ADHD or not, a learning disability or not, you’re going to feel something at some point during the day. Just like everyone else on the planet.
As someone with ADHD, I know it’s difficult to handle emotions, especially considering that we feel our emotions really strongly and there are times we can’t always control our emotions, such as our anger. Impulse control is a struggle. I know how challenging it can be. Been there. It’s definitely an ongoing process.
However, as hard as it may seem or be, it is still possible to find ways to manage our emotions. There are various ways to do it, depending on your needs and your situation.
One thing that I’ve done is become more aware of how I’m feeling, which was something that I avoided and bottled up for a long time. As you can imagine, avoiding my feelings and keeping them inside didn’t work out too well for me. I doubt it’s good or beneficial for anyone, honestly.
So, what I try to do is stop and just focus on how I’m feeling. I take a minute or two to just feel and focus on my emotions and how I’m feeling at that moment. Once I know how I’m feeling, I try to figure out why I may be feeling this way, particularly if I’m feeling low, or sad, or angry, or any other negative emotion. I’ll try to do this a few times throughout the day.
This is something that I’ve been doing for several months now. I can’t quite remember when I started, but it’s definitely been a few months to say the least.
I have to say that it’s been helpful. It’s helped me keeping my emotions under control. I’m not getting as upset or as angry as I used to. Yes, I do still get upset and such, but I’m able to keep those emotions under control and not yell or explode as much. I am able to manage my emotions a little better. It’s helped me not get angry at the little things or yell or be rude at someone who hasn’t done anything to make me angry or upset in the first place.
I’m definitely not avoiding my emotions anymore. Or as much, at any rate.
I do realize that it’s still a work in progress. It’s something that I’m going to continue to work on. And that’s fine. We’re all works in progress. The important thing is that I’m taking baby steps and making some progress.